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Rivier, Wentworth Cement GNAC Men's Volleyball Tournament First-Round Byes


WINTHROP, Mass. – With a pair of three-set victories at Mount Ida College on Sunday afternoon, the Rivier University men's volleyball team has finished the regular-season with an unblemished 14-0 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play, en route to the top seed in next week's GNAC Tournament. Rivier and second-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology, which has captured the last two GNAC Championships and finished 11-3 in league action, both receive first-round byes into Thursday evening's GNAC Semifinals. 

In Tuesday's first round, third-seeded Johnson & Wales University will host sixth-seeded Emerson College at 7:00 PM, while fourth-seeded Emmanuel College, which went 8-6 in GNAC play after a 4-10 mark against league foes last year, will take on fifth-seeded Lasell College at 8:00 PM.

Both semifinal contests on Thursday will get underway at 7:00 PM, with the Emerson/JWU winner traveling to Wentworth and the Lasell/Emmanuel winner heading up to Rivier. Rivier is 22-6 overall and receiving votes in the most recent AVCA Division III poll, while Wentworth is 21-10 overall after making its national semifinalist run last spring. 

With the exception of Thursday's contest at associate member Wentworth, which will air on, be sure to catch all of the tournament action live on or watch on one of the GNAC's four custom digital streaming apps (broadcasts are produced by home institutions).

Tuesday, April 10 - First Round
Game 1: #5 Lasell at #4 Emmanuel - 8:00 PM
Game 2: #6 Emerson at #3 Johnson & Wales - 7:00 PM 

Thursday, April 12 - Semifinals
Game 3: 3/6 winner at #2 Wentworth - 7:00 PM
Game 4: 4/5 winner at #1 Rivier - 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 14 - Final
Game 5: Highest remaining seed

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.